Pieter HollowayCEO & Trainer
Katleen VerschooreECD & Afterschool Manager
Lammie FerreiraMarketing & Hope Centre
Judy EcclesFood Security Product Manager
Desiree StephensBoard Member
Rene NassenBoard Member
Morne FortuinBoard Member
Maria OostendorffBoard Member
Pieter Holloway was born in Zimbabwe to South African parents and came to South Africa at the age of 2. He completed his schooling at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch and further studies at Stellenbosch (B Com) and Cape Town Universities(HDE:Sec.). He started his career as Mathematics and Accountancy teacher at Pinelands and Camp Bay High Schools. He then joined Mobile Southern Africa (Now Engen) in their Planning Department. This was followed by 9 years in training in Oranjemund working for De Beers Consolidated Mines. For 10 years, Pieter and his wife ran a guest house and picture framing business in Clanwilliam, before moving to McGregor to set up the McGregor High School. In 2012, Pieter founded The Breede Centre, a skills training centre and educational institution with social and counselling support. Pieter is currently the Manager of the centre and also runs courses in Computers and Entrepreneurship.
Katleen Verschoore originates from Belgium but has been living and working in South Africa since 1994 and in McGregor since 1997. Her BA in Psychology, studies in Waldorf Education and her passion for the holistic development of children had her working as a kindergarten teacher for 10 years and as the Fundraiser-Public Relations person at a local Waldorf School. Since 2015 she is the ECD & Afterschool Manager at the Breede Centre where she develops, guides and coordinates afternoon and holiday activity programmes and an Educare Centre for the village children which includes raising funds and training local young people as youth leaders. She finds it very rewarding to tell stories, perform puppet shows and do arts and craft activities with the children who are eagerly receiving all that is offered. Katleen believes that each child has gifts to develop and it is her passion to assist with just that.
Born in Zimbabwe, Judy moved to South Africa in 1980 where she worked as a photographer and then moved through the IT roles, until finally she found myself in McGregor in 2001.
As a child she followed her father around in the garden, helping with planting and harvesting their abundant vegetable garden and orchard and inherited his love of growing food and keeping poultry. She has now her own permaculture set up at her home.
She started working with the Breede Centre through her passion to help others to grow their own food as her vision for MGregor is to encourage as many families as possible to buy into a community gardening concept, where each home has a vegetable garden, no matter how small, which contributes to the family table, but also generates some income when there is excess to sell.
Etienne Bruwer, a Cape Town practising ‘green’ architect of 35 years, has extensive knowledge and experience in designing, building, teaching and working for private clients as well as for Government departments.
His interest in social development, community advancement and upliftment through vocational skills-training programmes dates back to the nineties, through involvement with the founding of Pondo Children’s home/the Waldorf School in McGregor. His main focus as a board member at the Breede Centre is in planning, space use logistics, and infrastructure development. He occasionally leads public workshops in natural building involving trainees, staff and the general public. In the form and substance of all that is done at the Breede Centre (practical work, desktop learning, styles of instruction, outreach and public relations, management), he views the development of an imaginative, artistic ethos to be of singular importance.
Desirée have been an educator for the greater part of her life. At times, leading the process, sometimes allowing herself to be led and always learning from it.
Currently teaching English at Masakheke High in Nkqubela there has been many steep learning curves in her career. Being an educator to learners on the autism spectrum has opened her eyes to learning styles not entertained or even thought of in mainstream eduction.
Hohepa Homes in New Zealand is a place close to my heart. The Breede Centre, the people attached to it and the vision, reminds me of a special place called Hohepa Homes in New Zealand, a Steiner Community for special needs individuals.
She is excited and geared to work with her fellow trustees, the Breede Centre’s unique staff and the community of children and young adults they serve.
Rene is a Fellow of the South African College of Psychiatrists and a registered child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is the clinical head of the child and adolescent mental health service of Lentegeur Hospital. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University. Her research interest has been the neuropsychiatric aspects of paediatric HIV. Other interests are public mental health , medical education and creative arts therapies.
A Waldorf Primary School teacher at the Stellenbosch Waldorf School for the past 12 years, Mornay Fortuin worked at the Roseway Waldorf School in Durban prior to that. This was interspersed by a 2 year stint at a big holdings company called African Access Holdings.
Mornay was born in McGregor and his family still lives there. He started his journey as a Waldorf teacher at the McGregor Waldorf School.
His ties to the McGregor community are strong hence his involvement with the Breede Centre which he sees as an extension of the community. Mornay feels privileged to be part of this wonderful venture.
Maria, a widow with 4 children and 9 grandchildren, is McGregor born. She is a family and community person. Her involvement in the community goes back more than 30 years. Being a pastor, she believes in moral values and uplifting people both on a social and material level.
Maria became part of the Breede Centre based on her strong conviction that working together a real difference can be made in the upliftment of those who cannot speak for themselves.
Born and established in McGregor, Gabi attended Primary school at the Methodist Primary School and finished at McGregor Primary School.
He has since built up extensive vocational experience in building, painting, woodwork, tiling and plumbing.
At the Breede Centre he shares his knowledge and skills with the Building craft trainees while at the same time developing managerial skills. Gabi’s mission is life is to train young people those vocational skills that are becoming ever more rare in our country.